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Enhancing capacity of government hospitals in Delhi

The number of patients visiting AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital for surgery and other treatments is much larger as compared to their handling capacity in terms of number of beds, manpower, and other resources. Despite availability of a huge infrastructure and other services in these hospitals, there is a waiting period for certain procedures which varies from department to department, due to the ever increasing pressure on infrastructure and manpower. However, all the patients registered in OPD are given adequate care and attention while providing treatment. Further, serious patients are admitted and treated on priority basis.

Expansion of existing facilities and creation of additional infrastructural facilities in hospitals are on-going processes and are undertaken as per the requirement and availability of resources. Under the redevelopment plan of Safdarjung Hospital, a 500-bed new emergency block and a super-specialty block with 807 beds have recently been made operational, thereby adding to the existing capacity of Safdarjung Hospital. In AIIMS, New Delhi, various projects have been sanctioned for increasing the existing bed strength including a surgical block (200 beds), National Cancer Institute (NCI) Jhajjar (710 beds), mother and child block (425 beds), new private ward (113 beds), burn and plastic surgery (100 beds), geriatrics block (200 beds), and emergency cum diagnostic block (400 beds).